The central aim of this thesis was to develop a reliable and valid measure of bushfire psychological preparedness to facilitate research in this field. From this thesis, a 33 item self-report tool was developed and psychological preparedness was found to relate to physical preparedness, in addition to being influenced by direct and indirect bushfire experience; voluntary experience; the type of bushfire plans people make; experience of psychological preparedness education; and age. This thesis paves the way for better research into psychological preparedness, with a view to improving people's safety in the face of the increasing frequency and severity of bushfires.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||20 Dec 2016|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2016|